Dry costly

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE drought con­di­tions across North West Queens­land are wors­en­ing as the hot weather starts to set in. Many prop­er­ties will be run­ning out of wa­ter within a month and are des­per­ately work­ing to drill for new stock wa­ter bores to see the cat­tle out un­til the next rains.

North­ern-based Se­na­tor Ian Macdon­ald said he felt for the peo­ple of the North West and the hard­ships they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

‘‘It is heart­break­ing for the land­hold­ers, es­pe­cially as many of the new bores are drilling dry and many peo­ple would be won­der­ing whether all of the ef­fort they put into their prop­er­ties is worth it. I en­cour­age landown­ers to carry on. Their ef­forts are re­spected, and the new fed­eral gov­ern­ment will be work­ing hard to help out where pos­si­ble,’’ Se­na­tor Macdon­ald said.

‘‘The state gov­ern­ment has been work­ing hard to unwind the per­verse poli­cies put in place by the pre­vi­ous La­bor gov­ern­ment and, to date, they are do­ing a good job for ru­ral Queens­land.’’

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